Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty
Illustrations by David Roberts
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, is a fun book from the start with the rhyming story of a little girl, Ada, that didn't speak until she turned three. Once she did she just implodes asking all of the important questions like Why, Where, How and When!
Having had 4 little boys now, I can totally relate to this story as a Mom. In fact my oldest started talking super early and by age one his favorite question was, "What is that?" We answered every time and he had a huge vocabulary at age one.
I love this book and the message behind it. Explore and learn about your world. The word hypothesis appears twice and I love that the author didn't shy away from such a big word considering students will learn about it in science in older grades. As homeschoolers this book is fantastic to read for our kindergarten student. It had him asking all kinds of questions and was a great way to start off science for the year for us. We make a lot of hypothesis in our house and our little explorer loves to tinker and figure things out much like little Ada.
As a women I like the message that girls can be scientist and big thinkers too! That message was bold and clear which warmed my lady heart! Lastly I should mention the illustrations that really bring this story home. Ada is a fun, quirky and somewhat mischievous child as her curiosity often gets ahead of her. Seeing her antics play out in the book is pure delight!
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!
Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.
Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams.
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